Excited for Google's Nexus 7 tablet? Then hopefully you don't enjoy TV, music or magazines...
Just one week after it was officially launched and with the tablet released this month, a lack of licensing deals have already soured our expectations for Google's Nexus 7.
Despite the fact that the tablet hits stores in the US and Europe this month, Google have confirmed that the Nexus 7 will launch without access to music, magazines or TV shows, leaving just Android apps to spare. That's not exactly what we were expecting from the 7-inch device that has been hailed as a budget iPad killer.
“We want to bring different types of content to as many places as we can, but we don’t have anything more to share on timing. We plan to continue expanding the Movies & TV shows category to more countries in the coming months," said a Google spokesperson.
Priced at just $199, the Nexus 7's biggest competitor is likely to be Amazon's budget-priced Kindle Fire device, currently unavailable in Europe but a big seller in the US since its launch last September. Like Google's effort, Kindle Fire is hindered by licensing, which is why it has still not been released in Europe.
Running on the new "Jelly Bean" Android 4.1 operating system, the Nexus 7 boasts an 1280x800 screen, a front-facing camera, a Tegra 3 processor and nine hours of video playback.
However, it is now thought that the lack of sewn up licensing deals could severely hurt the tablet before it even goes on sale in the UK and Ireland. Would you buy a Nexus 7 without the bells and whistles of an iPad when it's available at launch?